Jay Kay of Jamiroquai fame is sending his prized 1955 Maserati A6G/54 Frua Berlinetta to the auction block at Pebble Beach this year. Auction house Gooding & Company revealed the consignment earlier on this week. The Masertai joins a 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio with Napoleonic history and a 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra.
The history behind the 1955 Maserati A6G/54 is pretty interesting. It’s the only dual purpose road/race car that Maserati built. Ironically, Gooding’s estimate of between 1.5 and 2 million dollars doesn’t reflect the economic realities of the models conception. Maserati built the A6G/54 on a shoe string, making use of existing parts and outsourcing the parts.
Customers essentially bought a rolling chassis which was then bodied by an external coachbuild company. Bodywork for each of the 60 production cars differed as a result. The 1955 Maserati A6G/54 Frua Berlinetta is one of the best examples.
Underneath the striking body is a two litre, inline six engine with around 150hp. The car’s weight is around 840kg. Jay Kay’s Maserati A6G/54 has won Best of Show at Salon Privé and has participated in the Mille Miglia Storica more than once. We’re not sure what Jay Kay plans to replace the Maserati with, but in the mean time, he still has his Enzo!
The auction will be on August 18th & 19th.